Overview for 108 Vishnu Temples: Architectural Splendour, Spiritual Bliss
108 Vishnu Temples: Architectural Splendour, Spiritual Bliss is a pictorial journey into ancient architecture and the art of temple construction with interesting trivia about 106 Vishnu temples, collectively known as the 108 Divya Desams amongst Vaishnavites, more particularly Vaishnavites from South India. Laden with historic, religious and architectural eminence, these temples, distributed across India – eighty-four in Tamil Nadu; eleven in Kerala; two in Andhra Pradesh; eight in North India and one in Nepal – often remained concealed in the folds of history.
With vivid images and interesting trivia regarding the temples’ history, architectural brilliance, art forms, rituals and landscapes, the book is aimed at connoisseurs of art and literature. Miniscule details include directions to reach the temple, proximal towns, festivals celebrated at the temple, the sacred ponds and trees associated with them as part of the text.
The book opens up an incredibly fresh experience of knowing these veiled jewels from the pages of the past. The photographs elucidate the author-photographer’s eye for detail and impeccable framing, making them seem life-like and touches the soul of the beholder.
Avey Varghese (Author)
Hailing from a traditional Christian family in Kerala, Avey Varghese was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, where he did his schooling. Later completed his Engineering from Bangalore where he worked for over a decade in the ITES. In early 2011, he shifted his base to Chennai when he discovered his innate veiled love for photography.
Avey took his gingerly steps into the realm of framing moments with a simple point and shoot camera. The vivid colours of nature, azure skies and candid portraits found place in his frames in his initial days.
In no time, he advanced into portfolios and celebrity shoots. Photography consumed a greater space of his life and it escalated from being an ardent passion to an earnest profession. Avey’s snaps elucidate his eye for detail and impeccable framing, making them seem life-like and touches the soul of the beholder. His cosmopolitan tance and love for travelling made him an avid voyager; exploring many lands and capturing exquisite frames.